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The Youth Futures Program In Tzvat Addresses The Needs Of 310 Children Ages 6-13 And 150 Youth Ages 14-18. The Partnership Director For This Region Is Dorit Elmaliach And The Program Coordinator Is Einat Outmazgin.

Two Groups Of Trustees Work In Safed: 16 From The Safed Torah Center And 7 From The Noar Oved And Lomed Program.

Of The 310 Children In The Program 16 Are New Immigrants From The Former Soviet Union, 5 Are New Immigrants From Ethiopia And 2 Are From Bulgaria. More Than 50% Of The Children Are Poverty Stricken - They Lack Food, Health Care, And Their Homes Often Lack Basic Furnishings. Many Of The Children Suffer From Violence, Neglect, And Lack Of Education.

Each Trustee Works Between 15-30 Hours A Week With 10-20 Children Each. The Trustees Work Everyday In The Schools, And Each School Has A Fully Equipped Room For The Project Filled With The Children’s Pictures And Work. The Trustees Spend Time With Each Child Privately And Organize Group Activities Each Week. The Noar Oved And Lomed Trustees Are Conducting A “long School Day” Project With Meals In The Southern Part Of The City, Which Operates 3 Days A Week. The Trustees Help The Children With Their Homework, Followed By A Variety Of Social Activities. The High School Teenagers Participate In The “heznek” Program Which Works Alongside The School, But Provides Additional Educational Support Outside Of School Hours.

Youth Futures Receives Full Cooperation In The City And The Efforts Made By The Program Are Much Appreciated: The Mayor Is Extremely Involved As Well As The Head Of The Education Department Is Also Very Involved In Helping Implementation In The Schools, While The Welfare Department Is More Involved In What Is Happening With The Children On An Individual Basis. Volunteers From High Schools And Colleges Tutor The Young Children, And Others Are Taking Part In Helping Out.

 

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